"Continuing the traditions of American potters dating to 1630, Greg Shooner and Mary Spellmire-Shooner re-create authentic redware pottery at their Oregonia, Ohio studio. Greg and Mary use their years of pottery experience to make a ware that is unrivaled in its interpretation of rare antiques. They work alone, with a passionate commitment to quality and artistic control. A lifelong interest in art led them separately to pottery , then together to the study of redware.
Redware is an earthenware pottery utilizing a red to pinkish burning clay body and was among the very first commercial products to be manufactured and used by European settlers to North America. Its fragile nature and its lead glaze rendered it obsolete as soon as an economically feasible alternative (salt-glazed stoneware, tin or glass) was available.
There has been a resurgence of appreciation for the warmth and beauty of this forgotten folk art in the past forty years and the Shooners enjoy a unique space in this renaissance. Sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm, they have lectured and demonstrated often, including the "American Ceramics Conference" at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware, the “Dishcamp” conference at Eastfield Village in East Nassau, New York as well as William and Mary College and New York University. The Shooners also share the unique beauty of their work, their pieces are represented in museum collections as far away as Stoke-on Trent in England to the permanent collection of the White House in Washington D.C. and Camp David.
This ware is truly a labor of love, and is recognized as the finest in its field, coveted by period enthusiasts from coast to coast."
Come meet the artist himself when Greg joins seven other Warren County Potters for the art exhibition, Masters of Ceramics. The show opens with a FREE reception January 18th 6:30-8:30pm. Can't make it? The artists may be gone but the exhibition will remain through February 22nd, open to the public, at Harmon Museum, during normal business hours. (note: admission is charged for entry into the museum)
Dr. Kelly Joslin is a tenured Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Kelly began teaching Art History and Art Appreciation courses at Sinclair in 1998. She became Chair of the Art Department in 2005.
Kelly holds an Associate of Arts degree (A.A.) in Liberal Arts with an Art History emphasis from Sinclair Community College; a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) in Humanities - World Classics from Antioch University-McGregor, a Master of Humanities Degree (M.Hum.) in Art History & Philosophy from Wright State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership - Higher Education Administration from the University of Dayton.
Kelly is an award-winning photographic artist who actively exhibits her artwork in regional, national, and international juried exhibitions. Her work focuses on experiments with Non-Silver/Alternative photographic processes - Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Gum Print, and Palladium. These experiments have allowed her to create photographs that appear more expressive and painterly. In addition to traditional silver-based photography, she also works experimentally with digital photographic images.
Harmon Museum is proud to present Divine Introspection, the photography of Kelly Joslin.
Opening reception: Nov 2nd 6:30-8:30
Exibition Dates: Nov. 2nd - Dec. 15th
Artist’s StatementNature, and my relationship to it, has long served as a guiding force in my work. From tiny details to sweeping vistas, I continue to be enthralled by its mysteries and I seek to reveal its expressive qualities in my photographs. My photographic prints openly explore self-portraiture as a means of documenting the temporal aspects of physicality. This interest began after my rediscovery of 35mm negatives featuring self-portraits I created when I was 21 years old. As I examined the various images of my younger self, I became increasingly intrigued by the idea of juxtaposing those images with portraits of myself as I appeared 20 years later at age 41. Since that time, this exploration has continued to evolve. The resultant imagery serves as a seamless conduit between complex abstract compositions and straightforward images that provide an unaltered portrait at a given moment in time.
The Warren County Historical Society is delighted to open The Magical World of Charley Harper, an art exhibition held at Harmon Museum. A free opening reception will be held on September 7th from 6:30-8:30pm and the exhibition will remain up until the 20th of October, viewable during the museum's normal business hours.
Charles Burton Harper was born in 1922 on a farm in central West Virginia. From an early age, he preferred sketching nature to doing his chores. Seeking a broad art education, Charley came to the Art Academy of Cincinnati for the fall term of 1940. There, on the first day of class, he met Edie McKee, graduate of Cincinnati's Wyoming High School. But Charley was drafted in 1942 to fight in World War II against Germany. A recon scout for the Army, he illustrated what he saw. At the war's end, he returned to America and spent a year at the Art Students League in New York. He then finished his degree at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and married Edie. It was then that the newlyweds embarked on a six-month honeymoon, painting their way across the United States and back.
Although Charley debated whether to be a realist or an abstract artist, he wished to discover his own creative voice. That process was completed by 1955 when he printed a series of birds that had appeared in Ford Times magazine.
The evolution of Charley's style can be seen in his images of the Northern Cardinal selected for this exhibit. Charley returned to the Cardinal many times in his career because its body allowed him to demonstrate his self-dubbed "minimal realism." As Charley liked to say, he stripped away all extraneous details, and "counted the wings, not the feathers." In subsequent Cardinal images, Charley portrayed the popular backyard bird from different perspectives. In later years, he incorporated the Cardinal within entire ecosystems in his most complex designs.
After 50 years working in his studio in a forest in the Cincinnati suburb of Finneytown, Charley had produced thousands of images. He had also written and illustrated books, illustrated children's books for Golden Press, created public tile murals, seen his art adapted by world renowned designers for clothing, stationery and dishware, and enjoyed an international reputation for his unique approach to the world. It was Charley Harper's magical world. Since his passing in 2007, that world has continued to bring smiles to ever more faces.
Nathaniel Grauwelman as well as various staff and volunteers.